The Aston Martin DB5 is an icon and even cooler when paired with a James Bond.
This must be the case with the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which was privately owned by James Bond, Sir Shawn Connery.
Offered by Broad Arrow Auctions this August, the car was originally delivered to a Mr. White on July 7, 1964. Connery then bought it through Aston Martin expert RS Williams.
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The list is precisely light and significantly identifies the car as the 1962 DB4, but states that the model is in a “highly presentable condition”. Moreover, it claims that after purchasing the Connery car, he gave RS Williams a “mechanical refreshment” as well as a complete repaint of its original Snow Shadow Gray color. Since then, it has been “well maintained and has recently undergone a thorough service and inspection by RS Williams in preparation for the auction.”
While not a groundbreaking contribution to the genre, the car seems to be in great shape because the body looks flawless and the chrome is shining like new. We see a red Connolly leather interior with a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a five-speed manual transmission. The latter is mated to a 4.0-liter Straight Six that produces 282 hp (210 kW / 286 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. Aston Martin notes that it accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km / h) in 7.1 seconds, before hitting a maximum speed of 142 miles (229 km / h).
The auction is being billed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it is the only DB5 privately owned by Connery. His son, Jason, said, “Dad talked about owning his own DB5 because he didn’t like the car, and I think it presented something in his life that was unique and captured a moment of time.”
The car is being sold by the Connery family and has an estimated auction price of $ 1.4 – $ 1.8 (£ 1.1 – £ 1.4 / € 1.3 – € 1.7) million. This will benefit the Shawn Connery Philanthropy Fund, a “significant portion” of flour and income.
Interestingly, the winning bidder will be given the opportunity to be driven to DB5 by Sir Jackie Stewart. As Broad Arrow Auction noted, the two were lifelong friends and “shared a long history of philanthropy together over four decades, and the Connery family continues to support their father’s work and commitment to his friend.”